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10 Centimes Vichy French State; large issue

10 Centimes (Vichy French State; large issue) -  obverse 10 Centimes (Vichy French State; large issue) -  reverse

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Features

Country France - Modern
Period French State (1940-1944)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1941-1943
Value 10 Centimes (0.1)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Zinc
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape Round with a hole
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 07-31-1947
References KM# 898.1,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
KM# 898.2,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Gad# 290,
Monnaies francaises
by Francesco Pastrone
(Victor Gadoury)
F# 141
Le Franc
by Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt
(Les Chevau-légers)

Obverse

Wheat Ears on either side of the hole at the bottom

Lettering:
ETAT
FRANÇAIS
A. DE G.

Engraver: Atelier de gravure

Reverse

Oak Leaves on either side of the Hole

Lettering:
10
CENTIMES
1941

Engraver: Atelier de gravure

Edge

Reeded

10 Centimes (Vichy French State; large issue)

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Comments

1943 issue also exists as smaller KM#903

Two varieties according to Krause:
KM # 898.1: 21mm, heavy (2,65gr) to thick flank (1,5mm)
KM # 898.2: 21.3mm, light (2.46g) thin-walled (1.3mm)

Heavy (thick) and light (fine) variants, even if they are collected, are irrelevant. The differences in weight and thickness are due to the conjecture of the time:
- the zinc used is often of poor quality
- the material used for the manufacture of blanks and the striking is little renewed, especially for rolling
- the pressing need for cash lowers the quality requirements to increase the rate of production
- ipse facto, the tolerance and the differences of weight increase.

To calculate this difference according to the specifications:
- theoretical weight of 2.5 gr
- tolerance granted of 50 thousandths

2.5 / 1000x50 = 0.125 gr

Minimum acceptable weight: 2,5 - 0,125 = 2,375 gr
Maximum weight accepted: 2,5 + 0,125 = 2,625 gr

Therefore, the weight of these currencies can be between 2,375 gr and 2,625 gr to be in accordance with the specifications of manufacture. Coins whose weights are in this range are normal and given the conjecture, we can assume that currencies exceeding this range could be accepted, perhaps between 2.2 and 2.8 grams.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1941  F. 141/1 - Pattern
1941  70,860,000 0.22 0.50 0.81 4.43 F. 141/2 - KM#898 - variable thickness (see comments)
1942  139,598,400 0.81 0.89 1.39 F. 141/3 - KM#898 - variable thickness (see comments)
1943  48,957,600 0.62 1.11 3.60 F. 141/4 - KM#898 - variable thickness (see comments)

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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